In an era where the line between “good” and “bad”—or, in this case, “face” and “heel”—has been blurred beyond recognition, professional wrestling provides a microcosm of our often ambiguous existence as we experience it. And while most of us aren’t likely to end up on the receiving end of a “Pedigree,” “RKO” or “F-U,” when bad things happen to us, we all feel the pain.
Standing next to the BMW, welterweight boxer Alfonso Gomez gently brushes his hand over the surface of the hood, admiring its beauty. “It’s a great looking car,” the 27-year-old (who is dressed to the nines), says wistfully. “It imposes a feeling of altitude, somebody who has money and prestige.”
Tap, snap or nap…future UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes often gives opponents one of these three choices. The thing about fighting Hughes is that you already know what’s coming: he wants to take you down and either ground and pound you or choke you out. The question is: Can you stop it? Very few have.
At 1 p.m., 29-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. is just waking up in his Las Vegas, Nevada mansion. Before dressing his two sons, Koraun, 8, and Shamaree, 6, for a trip to the gym, he jumps on an international conference call.
While growing up, Mike Rumph used to spend all day outside playing football with his neighborhood friends. And don’t get him started on how serious his family was while watching games on TV. “My family made a big deal about football when I was younger,” the 6-ft cornerback for the St. Louis Rams said. “I remember seeing them as gladiators. After watching them on TV, I knew I wanted to play professional football, too.”
Juran Bolden is a Tampa Bay native all the way. Not only did he live in the Florida city, but he also played football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Surprisingly, however, Juran’s first love wasn’t football. Back in Hillsborough High School, the young track and field champ was sprinting the 100 meter run in 10.26 seconds and the 200 meter in 20.91 seconds.
Got purp? Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (drafted No. 14 in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft) has got purp and then some. Anybody that comes across Davis’ collection of cars will likely stare unabashedly. When it comes to Davis’ pair of unique 1975 Chevrolet Caprices, these same people can be forgiven if they pause to gawk and take in everything that the purple ragtop “Rags II Riches” and the candy blue hardtop “Glasshouse” have to offer.
The bad guys... They step onto the scene and command attention. They’re the ones who break all the rules…sometimes, while laughing at you. Ironically, you have to admit that it just wouldn’t be the same without them. You might even cheer for them because deep down inside, everybody wishes they had the audacity to do any of that and get away with it!
The sun beats down and glares against the surface of freshly polished cars as pro surfer Matt Keenan stands in front of his mom’s house in a remote part of New Jersey. He seems unaffected by the heat or mosquitoes. Maybe it’s because he’s too excited about his 2002 BMW 745i that’s fresh out of the shop with a new set of Asanti AF132 22x9.5-inch front and 22x11-inch rear wheels with Pirelli PZero Nero 265/30R22 front and 305/25R22 rear tires.